16 days 15 nights
Embark on a soul-stirring journey through the heartlands of devotion as you join the Marian Pilgrimage Tour. This transformative journey traverses the hallowed landscapes of Italy, France, Spain, and Portugal, weaving a tapestry of spiritual experiences centered around the veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Begin your pilgrimage in Italy, where ancient churches and shrines bear witness to centuries of fervent devotion. Marvel at the Vatican City, home to St. Peter’s Basilica and the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel, both testaments to faith and artistic brilliance.
Next, venture into the picturesque landscapes of France, where the sanctity of Lourdes awaits. Walk in the footsteps of Bernadette Soubirous and witness the healing waters of the Grotto, a site where countless pilgrims have found solace and renewal.
Continue your sacred expedition into Spain, where the medieval town of Zaragoza beckons with the miraculous Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar. This sacred site, built upon the Virgin Mary’s apparition, is a testament to the enduring power of faith.
Finally, conclude your Marian pilgrimage in Portugal, where the revered Sanctuary of Fátima stands as a beacon of Marian devotion. Immerse yourself in the spiritual ambiance of this holy site, where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to three shepherd children in 1917.
May 13 to May 30, 2024
Upon arrival in Rome, immigration clearances and collection of luggage, will meet and greet our European Tour Manager. Afternoon guided city tour with an English-speaking guide hire – will proceed to St. Paul Outside the Walls (for photo stops).
Entrance to San Paolo Fuori le Mura.
Sightseeing spots / photo stops:
Free time on your own and we will have our dinner at a local restaurant. Transfer to hotel for check-in.
Breakfast at the hotel and continue with our tour in Rome. We will have our Vatican Museum – where we can see the Sistine Chapel. We continue to Santa Maria Maggiore, St. Peter’s Basilica, San Giovanni in Laterano, and Scala Santa. After the tour, we will have our free time on our own and proceed to dinner at a local restaurant.
Breakfast at hotel and checkout. From Rome, we proceed to Monte Sant’Angelo. Short stop without guide at Santuario di San Michele Arcangelo. Proceed to San Giovanni Rotondo to visit Convento di Santa Maria delle Grazie and Chiesa di san Pio da Pietrelcina. After the tour will proceed to the hotel for check-in and dinner at the hotel.
Breakfast at hotel and checkout. We continue our journey to Lanciano – photo stop at Church of Santuario del Miracolo. After the visit, will drive to Assisi and will proceed to dinner at the hotel and check-in.
Breakfast at hotel and checkout. We continue to visit the Basilica di San Francesco, Chiesa di Santa Chiara, and Santa Maria degli Angeli. Drive towards Florence and arrival at Montecatini Terme.
Breakfast at hotel and checkout. Depart to Pisa, and upon arriving we will have a trip to the center by a little train, where we can admire the wonder at the UNESCO World Heritage Site - the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Continue to Genoa. Brief sightseeing without guide at Genoa Cathedral. Dinner at a local restaurant and check-in at a hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel in Genoa. Drive to Avignon and take the scenic route toward Avignon. Pause in Aix-en-Provence for a relaxing break. Perhaps exploring the charming streets and enjoying a coffee or light snack. When you arrive in Avignon, we'll take you to a local restaurant for dinner before checking into the hotel, where you'll spend the night. In the evening, explore Avignon's iconic landmarks for evening photos, including the Palais des Papes, Pont Saint-Bénézet, and the charming streets of the Old Town.
We'll continue our drive to Nevers after breakfast and checking out of the hotel. In Nevers, we'll have a picture-stop tour of Couvent St. Gildard and also St. Bernadette Church. Following the trip, we'll all meet for dinner at a local restaurant.
After having breakfast at the hotel and completing the checkout process, we'll set off for Paris, a journey spanning approximately 247 kilometers and expected to take about 4 hours. Upon our arrival in Paris, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy some free time to explore the city at your own pace. Later in the evening, we'll come together for a dinner outing at a local restaurant before checking in at the hotel, where you'll stay for the night or a similar one.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and checkout. We'll embark on a full-day city tour in Paris, with opportunities for sightseeing and photo stops at various iconic locations. These may include the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees, Place de la Concorde, Palais Vendome, Opera House, and Notre Dame Cathedral.
NOTE: Please be aware that entrance fees are not included, and the visit to some sites is subject to time availability.
You'll also have the chance to experience a delightful cruise along the River Seine with Bateaux Mouches. After the tour, you'll have some free time to explore Paris at your leisure. In the evening, we'll transfer you to a local restaurant for dinner.
After having breakfast at the hotel, we'll checkout and begin our journey to Lourdes using the efficient TGV Train. We'll depart from Paris Montparnasse and arrive at Lourdes.
NOTE: Please be aware that entrance fees are not included.
Upon reaching Lourdes, the group will be met by a coach at the station, who will then transfer everyone to the hotel.
Following the transfer, we'll proceed to the Sanctuaries Notre-Dame de Lourdes, where you'll have the opportunity to capture stunning photographs.
After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, we will embark on a series of tours. Our itinerary includes a photo stop and sightseeing to the Grotte de Massabielle, Musee De Bernadette, Basilique Souterraine St.-Pie X, and Piscines du Sanctuaire Notre Dame de Lourdes.
You have the rest of the day to dedicate to your devotions.
*** CANDLELIGHT PROCESSION ON FOOT AT THE SANCTUARY ***
Start your day with breakfast at the hotel and then set out on your journey to Zaragoza. Upon arriving in Zaragoza, you'll have the freedom to choose your lunch spot. Brief sightseeing without guide at Basilica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar. Transfer to Madrid. Upon reaching Madrid, you'll check-in at the hotel and enjoy dinner at the hotel restaurant.
Start your day with breakfast at the hotel and checkout. Next, we embark on a half-day city tour in Madrid, featuring photo stops at notable sites like Ventas Bullring, Puerta de Sol, and Calle Gran Via. Additionally, we'll have the opportunity to explore the Royal Palace with the aid of an audio guide.
NOTE: Please be aware that entrance fees are not included.
Following the tour, you'll have a late lunch, arranged on your own. Afterwards, we'll journey to Avila for a brief stop before continuing to Salamanca.
Breakfast at the hotel and checkout. Will proceed to Fatima, and upon arrival in Fatima, will have our photo stop tour in Casa de Lucia, Casa de Francisco & Jacinta Marto and Basilica. Another photo stop at Covo de Anjo and Covo de Iria.
*** INTERNATIONAL ROSARY AND CANDLELIGHT PROCESSION AT THE SANCTUARY ***
Arrive in Fatima for dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Enjoy breakfast, and then we'll arrange transportation to the airport for your flight back to Manila.
Yes. Round trip airfare is included
Our European tours are budget-friendly and tours are based on SIC (seat in coach) with other passengers. Hotels are 3-star and 4-star and are mostly located outside the city center